For a few years we have been using Hagen Tropican to bring up young Alexandrines,Eclectus, Ringnecks and Plumheads. Tropican has a history in providing our previous baby birds with all the essential nutrients necessary for excellent growth and brilliant plumage. Some of our birds are handraised from day 1 with great results. It gives you good peace of mind that you have given them the best. The handrearing mixture is easy to use. For starters, it's so much easier to mix and it quickly blends in seamlessly to create a smooth and consistent clump-free mash. This makes preparation quick and easy, improves feeding, and enhances digestion. You don’t need to worry about given extra vitamins or probotics as the formula has everything the chicks needs.
These are the reasons why you should use it too.
Easy to prepare
Just add hot water to dry formula and mix.
Contains "Human Grade" Sunflower kernel and peanut meat.
Micro-ground Extruded Formula
Unique processing improves digestibility and water holding.
Exceptional Quality Control
Each batch is tested for quality and guarantees analysis
All this results in Excellent growth rates and health!
We would like you also to have great result and have stocked up on this formula.
Hagen’s Tropican baby formula is available in 1 kg and 5 kg bags.
Price 1kg $ 25
5kg $ 85
Please call George mobile 0408204802 or 02 66431262 for orders.
New mutation of alexandrines or hybrids
by Ida Van der Togt
Recently there has been a debate, where some people expressed concern in about crossing different species of parrots from the same family. In this article we are talking about the Alexandrine parrot with the Indian ringneck. This has been done for decades and is still continuing. In the wild you will also see the same thing occurring. It's true that you need to be careful about what birds you choose to breed. The offspring need to be carefully selected and only the best offspring are kept for further breeding. These birds have to breed back to the pure species to enhance their colours and size, so that their real characteristics of species are not lost.
You need to be aware that you will breed lots of unwanted offspring in your aviaries. These birds need to be culled to prevent breeding, so the true species of parrot don't get ruined with inferior offspring. Culling birds is not for the faint hearted; however it is necessary if you want to protect the quality of the birds you are breeding.
We have been breeding and establishing our stunning mutations of alexandrines for the past 26 years. This is not a get rich quick scheme. The parrots take three years to mature and then the colour mutation is mated back to a pure, good size Alexandrine. This encourages strong colours, size and characteristics of the Alexandrine parrots.
We are now up to the 7th generation in crossing alexandrines. Some breeders don't understand the time it takes, people believe after they have crossed their birds once that this is a third or fourth generation bird. They might have been breeding for 5 years and skip generations as they start calling the 1st cross already 15/16 or even 31/32. These crosses are impossible to achieve in that time frame.
We have learned a lot during these 26 years of breeding. A lot of obstacles have been faced. We have learned to overcome some of them and are still learning every year. Some problems are infertile eggs, problems with hatching, feather picking of young in the nest, escaped birds, storms and tropical rains.
You really need to be dedicated and look at the end product that you may achieve. The pleasure one gets in seeing a new colour in the offspring must overcome the bad experiences.
I would like to share with you some of the stunning mutations that we have achieved. They don't look like ring necks but have some of the bright shoulder patches and long elegant streamlined bodies.
Grey-green alexandrine, Lacewing Alexandrine, Lutino alexandrines
So for the purist (out there) consider the beauty and challenges associated with breeding mutations.
I like to finish with a quote that states: "Success is coming from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm."
Happy bird breeding, enjoy your hobby.
My parrot Shrek alias “Shrekkie Boy”
by Ida Van Der Togt
This YouTube clip will show you my Pet “Shrek alias as “Shrekkie boy”. He is only 12 months old and being hand raised from very young. I wanted to have a pet for the main purpose of his talking ability. Alexandrine parrots are very intelligent. They can learn and remember lots of things. You only have to repeat and reinforced that wanted behaviour. This is what they call positive reinforcement. The main thing before starting to training your bird, is to create a fantastic relationship between you and your bird. It creates a structure which makes your bird feel comfortable and secure. Bird training is a must – it establishes rules and a clear consistent routine in which our parrot can see a pattern of behaviour and rewards. Normally when I play and train Shrek, he gets 1 sprouted sunflower seed as reward. I give him a verbal and/or hand signal clue. Not only food is the positive reinforcement, actually also my voice. It is the tone how I use it when interacting with Shrek. This enthusiastic attention can be a very reinforcing behaviour.
Shrek is around my young children. The children will talk to him and feed their left over fruit to him. At the moment his vocabulary consists of. “hello Shrekkie Boy”, I bite, I love you, Ida, be good, you are beautiful, be quiet and he also sings “ Happy Birthday”. In the morning when the sun comes up, Shrekkie is practising his language skills. I lay in bed laughing as he let me know it’s time to get up. But what a good way to wake up to – that somebody tells me – that I’m beautiful and loves me. What you put in your relationship with your parrot you get out of it. Enjoy your pet and he will reward you.
George Van der Togt has established, through long perserverance, some outstanding colour mutations in the Alexandrine parrot here in Australia. This has been a childhood dream in which he has set himself a goal and stuck with it.